CAN YOU REALLY BLURT OUT A SECRET LOVER'S NAME IN YOUR SLEEP? Life Lines

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Byline: JENNY STOCKS

'BUTTER, nut, squash -- I like those words' is just one of the weird phrases logged on a blog by Karen Slavick-Lennard, who records the strange things her husband, Adam, says in his sleep. But, is it something we all do? Here, professor Jim Horne, director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University and author of Sleepfaring: A Journey Through The Science Of Sleep, explains: AS A society, we find sleep talking a funny behaviour, so it's not surprising that so many have been entertained by Adam's jabbering.

Sleep talking -- somniloquy -- occurs in a lighter form of sleep. People often connect it to dreaming but, in fact, you can't speak during this stage, as your body is paralysed. When you sleep, your brain still mulls things over, but it's disengaged from reality, which accounts for the strange things people say.

Sleep talking is more likely to happen when you have a niggle at the back of your mind. It's estimated that 50 per cent of children and 5 per cent of adults talk in their sleep. …